What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?
Our Mission and Roles
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, multi-issue, grassroots political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. It never supports or opposes any political parties or candidates. The League takes action on selected matters of government concern that its membership has studied.
The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) is a local League of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) and the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). Established in 1920, the League is a unique activist network that derives its strength from the energy and commitment of more than 100,000 members and supporters nationwide. We invite and encourage all citizens of voting age to join us!
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles:
- Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
- Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.
To conduct voter service and citizen education activities, LWVN uses funds from the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Scharfman Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.
Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
History of the League of Women Voters
Read a short History of the League of Women Voters.